Friday, February 28, 2014

Random 5 Friday - Feb 28th 2014

1. I tried a new photo sharing program this week. It's easy to do, and it's free! PhotoMambo is really easy to use from the computer or from your phone. They have an iphone/ipad app (which I tried on my husbands phone) however I have an android but I just email the pictures I want to share to a special email address and BOOM, they are sent to the people I have specified. My in-law's live in England and it looks like a really quick way to send pictures directly to their computer from my phone. They seem to like it too!
(I was compensated to try the program but I wasn't required to blog about it)

2. My Mom and Dad have been on holiday this week and have not had cell signal. I hate not talking to them for this long...it's really weird. In fact Boo called them this week and got their voice mail, she was confused for a minute and started leaving a message before she realized.

3. Jam is starting his new Life of Fred book Elementary Physics he is excited. Boo is about to start the Fractions book - she is not as excited lol.

4. We went to my friends house on Tuesday. We get together every week to work on science together. They have a lot of baby lambs at the moment. The sad thing is that the Mom's are not very good and so they have a lot of hand feeding to do. It was FREEZING but the kids really enjoyed helping.

5. I really thought spring was coming... I mean last week we had great weather, and we even went to the zoo. This week it feels like we live in the arctic again, we even have SNOW in the forecast for the weekend. The 90% chance of snow does not make me feel very hopeful. I mean we hand fed lambs this week. Lambs mean spring right! Come on spring - I MISS YOU!!!!!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Our New Beginnings Evening was awesome. The girls did an amazing job. The leaders are great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the decorations looked awesome!

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis Litfuse Review

I love the writings of C.S. Lewis. I was given the chance to read the book A-Z of C.S Lewis by Colin Duriez. I was familiar with C.S Lewis and his many children's books especially 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' so found this book very interesting as it opened my eyes to a lot more of C.S Lewis. This book brings together a lot of the writings and information together into one book. It is a little hard to read and takes a little persevering. I did learn a lot of things but I felt I had to work at it.

The main reason it was so overwhelming is because so much knowledge is packed into this little book!

This is not a book I could sit and read all the way through at once. However I love having this sat on my bookshelf to turn to as a reference or flick through when interested. It contains quotes and even information on places that C.S. Lewis had visited. It's very interesting. 

This is definitely an excellent resource for all C.S. Lewis fans.


Colin Duriez is a writer, editor and frequent lecturer on the lives of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings, having spoken at a variety of conferences in the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Poland, Finland and the UK.
His books include The A–Z of C.S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship, J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, A Field Guide to Narnia, The C.S. Lewis Chronicles, The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), A Field Guide to Harry Potter and AD33: The Year that Changed the World.  He has also contributed to The Tolkien Encyclopedia and a number of other tomes.
Duriez has appeared as a commentator on extended version DVDs of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Walden Media’s feature, Dreamer of Narnia with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, BBC television’s The Worlds of Fantasy, PBS’s The Question of God, a documentary about Focus on the Family Radio Theater’s audio dramatization of The Screwtape Letters, among others.  The author makes his home in the Lake District of northwest England.


Colin Duriez

Find out more about Colin at http://colinduriez.macmate.me/inwriting/Home.html.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Science4Us.com Review - Schoolhouse Review Crew

Science4Us Review


Little J and I have had a wonderful time reviewing Science4Us.com. However before I go into the how we used it, let me tell you about it.

Science4Us.com is an early elementary online science program designed for ages kindergarten to second grade. The site is designed into four categories Earth/Space, Life, Inquiry, and Physical Science.

Science4Us Review

I was a little concerned how well Little J would manage with this program because he is not a fluent reader yet. However the program reads everything aloud and Little J was able to do most of this program without any help at all. There are a couple of the exercises that he liked me to sit next to him while he completed them, but not really because he couldn't do it, more for moral support.

After we logged into the program I read the four areas of science to Little J, he decided he wanted to start with Earth and Space Science. Mainly because he loves everything about space. I mean what five year old doesn't want to be an astronaut. You then have two choices. You can log in as a teacher and make work assignments or just let your child choose the activities that interest them. I decided to log into the teacher section and make assignments for Little J. When making assignments you have the choice to set a due date or just assign the work. I chose not to give Little J due dates, mainly because of his age I wanted his just to work at his own paste. If  he was older maybe 1st or 2nd grade then I may have chosen to do that. However Little J loved this program so much that setting due dates really wouldn't have mattered anyway as he would sometimes complete a whole section in a day.

Science4Us Review

We started on the section about the earth. The topics covered were History of Earth, Materials, Features, and Weather. We then moved onto space and we learned about Exploring the Universe, and Earth in Space. Little J flew through these topics. It has been fun to hear him talk about the moon and space as we go about our day.


Little J's favorite activity by far is the section called 'SillyBulls' this is a play on words for 'Syllables'. This game uses all of the new vocabulary learned in the chapter and the child puts the syllables in order to put the words back together. Little J did an excellent job clicking on each syllable (as you click on it reads the sound) and placing them in the correct order. Another exercise I like is an exercise putting the new vocabulary word in alphabetical order. This was the first time Little J had done this and it was a great introduction. I sit next to him and we look at the words saying the alphabet together and looking at the words. Working together he was able to do it every time. It even introduced using the second letter to alphabetize this took a little explanation on my part and then he was able to identify it quite quickly the next time it happened. Although these concepts are more suitable for an older student with help Little J handled them well. Since the program allows you to assign work it would be easy to skip these assignments if you wanted too. I decided just to work with Little J and introduce the concepts.

Since starting this program we have completed the 'Earth/Space Module' and most of Physical Science. I know Little J has already decided what he is doing next. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed this program. Little J feels such a big boy having his own science curriculum. I have often found him sneaking on his brother's laptop. If he continues to excel using this kind of curriculum I can see another computer purchase in our future. Maybe this time we will try a new Chrome book. The only thing I would change would to be able for Little J to use this on his little pad. However because it doesn't support flash player it won't work. This is of course not a problem with the program more a problem with the pad itself.

I would love to see an app that would sync to the online program for play on the go, I use Android and so of course that would be my preference. The only other fault I can find with the program is the ease of viewing records. The only way I can see what Little J has done is to click through each section. If Little J goes a little crazy jumping around with different subjects, it can get a little difficult to keep track. I would love to be able to log into one screen and see all of the modules at once. All in all Little J loved this program, and the small hassle of looking for completed work is well worth his enjoyment.

Science4Us.com  costs $7.99 per child per month. The program is intended for children in grade K-2 however it could be used for grades 3-5 as a way to review science material.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

KinderBach Review (Homeschool Review Crew)

Kinderbach Review


Little J really wants to play the piano. Jam and Boo have been playing for about five years but their teacher thinks Little J should wait another year before he starts regular lessons. So when I was given the opportunity to review an excellent online piano program called KinderBach I was really excited. KinderBach is an early education piano program designed for children aged 3-7. We used the KinderBach at home plus Teacher corner version. KinderBach uses fun and interactive ideas to teach note reading, rhythm, singing, and composition.

Since I had already approached our piano teacher about Little J taking piano lessons at his request he was very excited when I told him he was going to have special lessons he could do at home every day. The online membership we have been using gives you access to 240 sessions of online video - which will keep Little J busy for a really long time.

KinderBach starts by teaching the basics of music and rhythm in a way that small children can comprehend. It was great to see Little J interacting and joining in right from the very first lesson.

The first thing I did was print out the workbook for level 1 and bound it into a little book. Little J loves having a things in these books. It also helps me keep things together. However I had to reprint some parts later as I needed them on card stock or laminated for durability so I guess it would have been better to print it as I needed it. However it still worked out OK.


Kinderbach Review

The first lesson introduced high and low sounds and used a lot of movement bending down when we heard a low note and standing tall for high notes. This is one of the things Little J loved about the program, a lot of the activities had him moving around - or making noise. Which for anyone that has a five year old boy can completely understand. The lessons progress at a very steady pace. Fast enough to keep Little J interested but slow enough that he could keep up with the information.

We have used this program almost everyday since we received our subscription. I have not had to even ask, Little J asked me..."Can I do my piano practice today!" (Music to my ears).

One of the great features of this program from a parents point of view are the excellent parent guides. It explains the six areas of musical development; Ear or listening skills, Note reading, Rhythm, Technique, Singing, and Composition.  

Coming from Little J's perspective is the fact that he thinks he is 'playing' the piano. The way the lessons are taught has made him feel successful right from the beginning, even if he is just playing a one note song. Keeping in time, playing on beat and following along from his sheet music in his book really made him feel like a star. This video is Little J playing for the very first time, you can see how proud he is.



Kinderbach Review
I mentioned the parent help section earlier, I also had access to the Teachers Corner. This is a great deal and costs only $95.88 for a limited time (normally $130.00) which works out at $7.99 a month for a year! If you think of the cost of regular piano lessons, plus transport cost this could be a real saving, and really set the stage for future success,

The Teacher corner has great digital downloads and everything you would need to teach this to a group. Since I only have Little J using this program I really didn't need a lot of the resources to help you teach to a group, but the digital downloads are awesome.

KinderBach uses fun cartoon characters to introduce new notes and concepts to the children/child. Little J loves Dodi which is the first cartoon introduced. You can see all the characters here.


Kinderbach Review

I think you can tell Little J loves this program and we will definitely be continuing our piano lessons. I love that he is having music instruction and that he loves it. It's definitely a win win situation.

Piano is a really important part of our children's education. In fact my husband has been known to say that is a 'mandatory subject' in our home-school. This makes this program even more appealing for us. I love that Little J is having such a fun introduction to music. Creating a love of music is very important. I have really let Little J run with this program. I have let him do as many lessons as he wanted, sometimes up to two or three in a day until he wants to move onto something else.

We really have had no problems with this program. I think there was a day or two that we couldn't sign in. I called the company, left a voice mail and by the next day the problem was solved and I received an email back making sure I my problem was solved. Very quick customer service and my son was happily doing his music practice again.

So just to recap;

I reviewed KinderBach Piano Lessons Online with Teacher Corner which retails at $130.00 for a year. However it is currently on special for $95.88 which works out at $7.99 a month.

Kinderbach Review

The program is designed for children 3-7 years old.

Needed Supplies

1. Reliable high speed internet.
2. Computer or pad to stream the video lessons
3. Piano or Key board
4. Printer, paper and craft supplies
5. Pots, pans, spoons, or other rhythm instruments

We have a full size electric piano with weighted keys because our older two play. However you could definitely start this program with a smaller keyboard.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ambleside online Poetry Study

Jam and Boo are enjoying using Amblesideonline again. One of the things I love about this website is how easy it has made it to study different poets and poems.

This semester Boo is reading poetry from Rudyard Kipling. Her very favorite so far is;

The Thousandth Man by Rudyard Kipling
One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth Man will stand your friend
With the whole round world agin you.
'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for 'ee,
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em go
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory,
But if he finds you and you find him,
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.
You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in you daily walk
As thought there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man he's worth 'em all,
Because you can show him your feelings.
His wrong's your wrong, and his right's your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men's sight-
With that for your only reason!
Nine thousand and ninety-nine can't bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot--and after!



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Friday, February 21, 2014

Random Five Friday 2/21/14

Random Five 


I love it when the sun is shining and the weather looks like spring is coming - I hope it's not just teasing me.

1. I need to find a cute dress in grey for three girls aged 8 - 11 any ideas would be welcome.

2. Tuesday this week was beautiful here. We planned a Zoo trip with the cousins and it was perfect.


3.This week my husband and Jam trimmed our trees. Little J helped out for about two minutes and then got carried away playing with the melting ice.


 4. I am so excited, I will be posting my first two reviews next week (both for my 5 year old). I can't choose a favorite Little J loved both of them. Come back next week to read more!

5. Saturday morning we cooked our Valentine's breakfast. It was a spur of the moment thing. I cooked a fresh strawberry sauce, and hubby made french toast out of some crusty bread we had. Little J was sad at first because he wanted pancakes. However after taking a couple of bites he decided it was better than plain old pancakes.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday




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Saturday, February 15, 2014

What kids will do for ice-cream Confessions of a Homeschool Mom

Little J was struggling last summer to learn to count to twenty. He could do really well up to 13 and then he got muddled. If I helped him past 13 he did great and was able to finish. It really was a case of unlucky 13.

So I tried to think of a little incentive to help him want to practice...It was hot, we had just moved to a town that has a Baskin-Robbins and what 4 year old doesn't like ice-cream. So I told him if he could count to 20 with no mistakes I would take him for ice-cream. Sure enough less than a week later I was buying him a vanilla one scoop. While in the store he looked at me and asked...If I count to 30 can I have another. I smiled and said "Why don't we make it 50".

Well last week Little J came up to me one morning and said "I've done it! I can count to 50, when can we go for my ice-cream". Since we had a ton outside I said "Couldn't we wait till it's not freezing outside?" We agreed and then he smiled again and I knew something else was coming. "Can I get one more ice-cream if I count to 100!"

Man this kid is good! What's a Mom going to say to that. Plus since it took him six months to go from 20 to 50 so I figured I was safe. So I agreed.

Well the next morning I came out of my bedroom to find a grinning five year old sat at the breakfast table.

"I did it!" he said

"Did what?" I asked

"Counted to 100 for Dad!"

"Wow that didn't take you long!"

"I know, I was practicing all night, There is a pattern to it Mom! Did you know? Does that mean I get too ice-creams!"

"Yes, it sure does!"

So I know bribery doesn't work for everything and I have told him, no more ice-creams (well at least for counting).

He LOVES his ice-cream... but he will have to wait till it get's warmer.





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Friday, February 14, 2014

Random Friday - Feb 14 2014


 Happy Valentine's Day

1. My husband normally buys me a dozen roses and one for Boo every year. This year we got a treat. Mini rose bushes!!! They are so sweet. I love that I will be able to look at them for more than just three or four days.



2. Is it wrong that my kids think that Valentines day should be a major holiday!

3. Little J bought a notebook at the Dollar Tree this week and has been putting it to good use.

   
4. Boo posted her favorite poem this week on her blog Lavagirl Rocks. The Thousandth Man by Rudyard Kipling.

5. As you know I am from England. Now and again it's fun to hear the accent. I have been watching a fun series called Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
It's considered a TVPG I love hearing the Yorkshire accent. It is also available on Youtube - which is great.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron Review and Giveaway

Enter Today | 2/10 - 2/27!
Barbara Cameron A Road Unknown


I recently had the opportunity to review A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron.

Barbara Cameron is a best-selling author who has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 38 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara is a former newspaper reporter. Some of her non-fiction titles include the “Everything Weddings on a Budget Book” and “Her Restless Heart: A Woman’s Longing for Love and Acceptance.” Cameron currently resides in Edgewater, Florida. Find out more about Barbara here.

I know I know another Amish fiction review but I couldn't help it. I loved this story from beginning to end.

Elizabeth is struggling, she has a decision to make. The book starts with Elizabeth on a bus making a drastic change in her life. We all come to a time in our life when we have to make a decision, stay where we feel comfortable or reach out into the unknown. Elizabeth has a unique opportunity she has the chance to live in both worlds for a time. While leaving her hometown she meets a good Amish boy and well it adds a great mix to the plot. Moving in with her pen-pal Paula causes a little quite a stir in Elizabeth's family. Suddenly living a modern house, with electricity, telephones, and television becomes very inciting. There are choices to be made, and priorities found.

I stayed up till about 1am to finish this book, I loved it. It was nice having an Amish girl living in the English world, most books that I read are the other way around. If you like Amish fiction this is one you should read.

I was given a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group however the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

$200 Visa Cash Card Giveaway & “Amish Roads” Facebook Party with Barbara Cameron

Barbara Cameron is celebrating the release of A Road Unknown with a $200 Visa cash card giveaway and a fun "Amish Roads" Facebook party.
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One winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa cash card
  • A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 27th. Winner will be announced at Barbara's "Amish Roads" Facebook Party on February 27th. Connect with Barbara for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, laughter, prizes, and more!

So grab your copy of A Road Unknown and join Barbara and friends on the evening of February 27th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

+ The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler + Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck + The Thief by Stephanie Landsem + When Courage Calls by Jeanette Oke + A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid + The Sinners’ Garden by William Sirls + Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray + Smitten Book Club + Friend Me by John Faubion



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Friday, February 7, 2014

Random 5 Friday - February 7 2014

 Random 5 Friday

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1. I am finding it hard to be random today. I am going to a friend's daughter's funeral. She was 20. Faith is a funny thing, you never know how much you have until you need it. 

2. This week I really appreciated the joy of homeschooling my children. The weather has been yucky. Snow and ice everywhere. I can't count how many school days the local school district's have called. I know some of them have missed this whole week for starters. We however have had no break in our schedule it's been great. The kids are looking forward to playing in the snow this weekend for longer that 'break-time or lunch'. 

3. I am not a play in the snow kind of person. I would love to be, but if I am honest I'm not. I hate it. I hate all the effort that it takes to get everyone bundled up, and outside. Almost always someone needs to come back in for an emergency pit stop and everything has to come off...Why not just look at it from next to the fireplace drinking a hot chocolate. Why do we have to go out and get cold, just to drink the hot chocolate. Saying that I am thinking of taking the kids sledding Saturday...that is if I can find somewhere in our new town. You see, I love seeing my kids have fun more than I hate snow.

4. New technology is hitting our house this week. My husband's work has started a healthy initiative to help us save some money on health insurance. My husband and I will be sporting these lovely Fitbit bracelets. Oh I wish they came standard in prettier colors. I guess I will learn to love my new slate grey bracelet. My sister has one and loves it, so hopefully it will help us keep track of healthy lifestyle changes. I will tell you more as I wear it. After checking on their website I could have got a pretty pink one if I have ordered directly from them instead of my friendly local Walmart.

5. I am getting a new phone. I am SO excited. I left my regular phone carrier when my contract expired and jumped to Straight Talk because I didn't want to be on a contract. I have tried really tried to put up with my phone. However this week my husband had enough of my moaning (did I do that aloud that often lol) about no flash, no memory... and a bunch of other problems with my cheap Huawei phone. He also hates the fact I am hardly ever taking pictures. Anyway I happened to stumble across a deal at Walmart.com. Samsung Galaxy 3 for Straight Talk. Needless to say I am excited and keep checking my mailbox. I will take pictures again soon!!!

Just to prove I do brave the snow sometimes... Ok so I just brave it to take pictures.



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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

 Wordless Wednesday


Where have the years gone...




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HOPEFUL by Shelley Shepard Gray | Win a copy! Plus my Review

 HOPEFUL by Shelley Shepard Gray | Win a copy!

Enter Today - 2/4-2/23!
Shelley Shepard Gray Hopeful

Welcome to the blog tour for Hopeful, the first book in Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Return to Sugarcreek. Critics have already given their thumbs up for Hopeful: “Lovable characters and a good story, full of romance and suspense . . . a must read." (Library Journal)

Enter to win one of FIVE copies of the book. 
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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 23rd. All winners will be announced February 24th at Shelley's blog.

Enter today and be sure to visit Shelley's blog on the 24th to see if YOU won one of the books!


I jumped at the chance to read this Amish fiction book, and read it I did...in less than 24 hours. I loved it. The main character Miriam Zehr from Sugarcreek is lonely. What she wants is a man to want to marry her. It looks for a time that her dream will come true when Junior the man she has secretly loved since school approaches her. She is disappointed to find out that he only wants to use her to get to know her friend Mary Kathryn Hershberger. Mary is new in town and seems to have run away from her past. She teaches school begrudgingly and seems a little harsh on her students. Miriam is loved by everyone and is always willing to help. However due to being a little overweight she has no confidence. Her kindness and love has made her loved by everyone, including Juniors little sister. But will it be enough to win the heart of Junior and can they both help Mary Kathryn Hershberger before it's too late?

If you love Amish fiction this is a great read. It covers a variety of topics, reading struggles, self worth, kindness, orphans, and of course love. This book is well written and kept me reading, and reading. I couldn't put it down until I was done...and then it left me wanting the next book.



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Monday, February 3, 2014

Finding Happiness through Grief

Wednesday was the 18th birthday of our oldest daughter Heather. Like all of our children we celebrate our daughter's birthday every year. The difference with Heather is that she only spent her first three birthdays celebrating them with us. Heather was 3 years 9 months and 6 days old when she passed away.

Heather wasn't sick, she died from a fluke accident. The climbing frame she was swinging on collapsed and a tiny corner of her head was hit by the cross-bar. She never regained consciousnesses and passed away a few hours later despite being life-flighted to one of the best Children's Hospitals. Our world fell apart that day and I can honestly say we have never been the same since. Every year since then we have tried to make her birthday a happy day. A day to remember her and celebrate her life. The joy she brought into it. I have learned that we only suffer grief and loss because we love. I would go through it all again for the opportunity of having her in my life, even if it was only for three years, 9 months, and 5 days.

Since our other children have been born the tradition of celebrating Heather's life has continued. Every year we let off balloons and sing I am a Child of God a song from the children's hymn book of my church, followed by the traditional 'Happy Birthday'.


This year was no different. Except because of work commitments it was just the five of us. Normally as many of our family gather with us, they have been a great support over the years. My Mom and my Husbands Dad joined us via Skype from England and Utah. It is amazing how technology blesses our lives.


 
This tradition has really helped our family cope with our loss, celebrate Heather's life, and bond our family together.




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Sunday, February 2, 2014

First Day - February 2014

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